In 1986 the 11 years old Veselin played a strong open in the town of Targovishte.
He still keeps an old photo from that tournament, where 4 other future grandmasters took part in it, as well as at least 2 future IMs.
Veselin Topalov is second from left to right on the second row GM.Vladimir Dimirtov (current rating 2368) is on the last row with sunglasses.
GM.Vasil Spasov (rating 2534) stays left from Vladimir Dimitrov.
GM.Vladimir Petkov (rating 2477) stays below Vladimir Petkov
GM.Alexander Delchev (rating 2595) is placed on the last row and pointed with the red arrow from above.
In Targovishte also took part future IM.Dimitar Dochev (left from Veselin Topalov) and IM.Krasimir Stefanov (last on the first row from left to right).